2 years at tombola

I can’t believe I’ve been here at tombola for 2 years, time really does fly when you are having fun. If you aren’t having fun and enjoying the work you do then you are in the wrong job.

So much has changed it’s hard to decide where to begin…

The people make a company so I’ll start with the people. I’ve joined such a great team of people at tombola, it’s made me realise what a great team is and what they can achieve when they truly work together. We work on projects together as a team, with a single goal.  We communicate with each other, we push each other to be better and more importantly we trust one another.  This has allowed us, as a team, to deliver project after project, allowing tombola to grow as a business.

From a developer point of view the technology exposure has been nothing short of amazing. Not long before I started here tombola had just “moved” into the cloud but there was still lots of things to improve upon. I’d never used cloud technologies before so it was a real eye opener for me, it was like just discovering to write code all over again.  Since then it has been a roller coaster of new technologies we have explored and used: Docker, ECS, Terraform, Lambda, Alexa to name just a few.  Training, certification and protected time to learn is all provided by tombola so my skills are always improving, as they say “every day is a learning day”.

The projects I’ve worked on have all been different and there is simply too many to mention in detail. Each week brings something different, which keeps things interesting, whether it be: building a content management system, designing a promotional giveaway, architecting a new cloud solution or building a new deployment pipeline. Each project offers its own challenges and can often introduce you to even more technologies.

Joining tombola has also allowed me to grow in other ways, to try things I’d never done in the past, such as writing blog posts 🙂
others include: contributing to open source projects, investigating cutting edge technologies, going to developer conferences, presenting new tech ideas to peers, taking part in a hackathon..
I’ve worked as a developer for over 20 years but I’ve never worked for the right company, until now.

What will the next 2 years bring? We still have a vast technology roadmap to work through and with AWS bringing out new services all the time, who knows? Tombola is growing all the time, as is my team, and with a new HQ building to move into, it’s certainly going to be interesting.

Here’s a few of my previous blogs:

https://ops.tombola.co.uk/alexa-skill-from-hackathon-to-production/

https://ops.tombola.co.uk/tech-brown-bag-runtime-configuration-management/

https://ops.tombola.co.uk/teamwork/

https://ops.tombola.co.uk/codegarden-2017/

https://ops.tombola.co.uk/umbraco-cms-in-a-docker-container/